*Since the date of this news item’s publication, the organization ‘The International REC Standard Foundation’ has changed to ‘The International Tracking Standard Foundation: Founder of I-REC (I-TRACK Foundation).’
The International REC Standard Foundation Board has approved Mauritania for I-REC(E) issuance with GCC (the Green Certificate company) as the Issuer. Mauritania’s approval came after a country report was submitted detailing its current and future levels of electrification, possible existing certification schemes, as well as the focus on renewable energy policy among the national authorities. The report is available on the country page.
GCC certifies renewable energy generation around the world. The I-REC Standard often approves GCC as the default Issuer of I-REC(E) in the case no other suitable local Issuer can be identified. GCC will be released from its position as the default Issuer if a suitable local alternative is identified.
Mauritania is situated in Northwest Africa. Energy demand and economic growth are directly correlated with energy production and export positions. However, one of the top five reform priorities that Mauritania has put forth to boost its economic development and enhance the quality of life for its citizens is energy.
Mauritania projects an economy-wide net GHG emissions reduction of 11% by 2030 relative to the baseline scenario driven by renewable energy. With increased investment, Mauritania could achieve carbon neutrality, up to an estimated 92% reduction from the Business as Usual (BAU) position. In addition, Mauritania has published key energy targets in its updated nationally determined contributions (NDCs) since 2015, which have been updated in 2021. The report emphasizes the importance of developing renewable energy, as energy is one of the two sectors contributing most to GHG emissions.
With the effort Mauritania is committed to, the I-REC Standard Foundation is positive that implementing the I-REC(E) certificate system will support Mauritania’s renewable energy ambitions and bring international standardization into domestic reporting practices.